Terrance Lindall

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Terrance Lindall in his office.

Terrance Lindall is an American artist who was born in MinneapolisMinnesota in 1944. Lindall attended theUniversity of Minnesota and graduated magna cum laude from Hunter College in New York City in 1970, with a double major in Philosophy and English and a double minor in Psychology and Physical Anthropology. He was in the Doctor of Philosophy program in philosophy at New York University from 1970 to 1973. He is listed in MarquisWho's Who in America 2006. Information about this artist is also on file in the Smithsonian Institution Library Collection. Lindall's art has been on the covers of numerous books and magazines and has been exhibited at many galleries and museums, including the Brooklyn MuseumHudson River Museum, the Museum of the Surreal and Fantastic and the Society of Illustrators Museum. There is an artists file on Lindall in the Thomas J. WatsonLibrary of the Metropolitan Museum of Art[1]




He produced art for Warren Publishing's CreepyEerie and Vampirella, for Heavy Metal magazine, for the Epic Comics imprint of Marvel Comics and for Rod Serling'sTwilight Zone Magazine. In the book "Ghastly Terror: The Horrible Story of the Horror Comics,["Stephen Sennitt credits Lindall with the attempt to save the line of Warren horror magazines from extinction through his new style of cover art. Lindall's book Paradise Lost Illustrated, poetry by John Milton has been compared to other illustrators including William Blake's. According to Professor Karbiener, many students prefer Lindall's version, which appeared in Heavy Metal Magazine and has a popular following among young people. Professor Karen Karbiener, Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, gave a lecture at theWilliamsburg Art & Historical Center in 2004 on " ...Milton's Satan and his impact on countercultural artistic movements from William Blake to the Beat poets in essence, the artists "between" Milton and Lindall *[2], the radical artistic legacy." She is the general editor of a two volume survey of rebellious and reactionary American art forms, 1607-2004, the Encyclopedia of American Counterculture. Lindall owns Charles Lamb's as well as Lady Pomfret's copies of Milton's Paradise Lost, which is the first illustrated edition (Medina), 1688 & 1695 [3].

Terrance Lindall in his cabinet of wonders

Apart from being an artist, Terrance Lindall has a background in philosophy and has been active in the Williamsburg, Brooklyn art community [4][5] over the past few years. He writes for New York Arts MagazineBlock Magazine, and11211 Magazine, a Breuk Iversen production, and other publications. His recent essay "The Epistemological Movement in Late 20th century Art"*[6] assesses what he sees as the new artistic trends in the contemporary art world and its context in new thinking about fractal geometry, quantum mechanics, historical will, and epistemological and analytic traditions. He recently curated, Charles Gatewood's THE BODY AND BEYOND *[7] (1997) and APOCALYPSE 1999 [8]. APOCALYPSE 1999 was the most lavish art production seen in Williamsburg to date with over 125 artists from around the world and incorporating many provocative musical and theatrical productions. Since then Lindall has produced the show BRAVE DESTINY*[9]the largest show of living surreal/visionary artists in the world ever, including nearly 500 artists. For the show he wrote his New International Surrealist Manifesto (NISM)[10]. The opening reception was a "Grand Surrealist Costume Ball" to which people flew in from countries around the world for the one-night event, including ZimbabweAustraliaUnited KingdomCanadaMexico and all across the United States. The arriving guests stopped traffic on the Williamsburg Bridge, the second time Lindall's shows have done this. Lindall, wrote an article on "The New Surrealists" which appeared in the March 2006 issue of Art and Antiques Magazine (March, 2006). The article traces the continually evolving art form from the 1960s through today, citing several of the world's foremost artists.

Terrance Lindall is a builder of institutions such as the Greenwood Museum at the Upperville Meeting House in New York State, and has worked with Yuko Nii[11] in developing the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center[12], which has achieved international recognition. A full-page article appeared in the New York Times[13]about their creation of this institution.Lindall is mentioned in the book "Museum Founders," ISBN: 9781155565859, along with such notables as Augustus Pitt Rivers,Hans SloanePeggy GuggenheimNelson RockefellerElias Ashmole, and many other builders of outstanding institutions [[14]].

In other aspects of his life, Lindall was in recent years the Financial Manager of Roundabout Theater Company[15], the world's largest not for profit theater in New York City, and Assistant Treasurer and Business Manager of the American Numismatic Society[16], one of the United States' oldest museums with the largest and finest collections of coins and medals going back to the Greek coinage and Roman currency. He is now the President of the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center. He is an expert on not for profit law and finance.

Lindall has been in Kate Spade fashion ads appearing in several other top magazines. In 2004 the Kate Spade ad campaign was featured at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City *[17] in a groundbreaking show Fashioning Fiction *[18]. A short film on this campaign, Visiting Tennessee, was produced by Andy Spade.

Lindall’s art for Paradise Lost appears on the cover of Complete Poetry and Essential Prose of John Milton, to be released by Random House 2008. Edited by William Kerrigan, John Rumrich and Stephen M. Fallon Format: Hardcover, 1392 pages, ISBN 978-0-679-64253-4 (0-679-64253-6)

Holt Rinehart & Winston is using another Lindall Paradise Lost image in a 2009 high school textbook, which will have a first run of 370,000.

Oxford University's major exhiibit "CITIZEN MILTON" at the Bodleian Library (to which Milton himself personally donated copies of many of his works) uses one of the works of art by Lindall for Milton's Paradise Lost from the Nii Foundation collection. Their exhibit honors Milton's 400th birthday. The web page is entitled "Exhumations and Destinies: 'For Books are not absolutely Dead Things.'" Oxford University recognizes Lindall's contribution to the continuing Miltonian artistic legacy[19].

Available only to scholars, a signed copy of Terrance Lindall's Paradise Lost Illustrated (ISBN 978-0-912493-00-8) is in the Robert J. Wickenheiser Collection of the Thomas Cooper rare book library at the University of South Carolina. The collections’s special focus on illustrated editions make it perhaps “the most comprehensive collection ever of Milton illustration.” [20]

Famed Lutheran hymn writer Amanda Husberg has composd a requiem mass for Terrance Lindall in recognition of his contributions to the understanding of and earthly resurrection of John Milton's "glorious" PARADISE LOST. Noted Lutheran hymn text writer and poet, Richard Leach, has written a new text for the requiem mass. Terrance said, "I am highly pleased with this! It will be the final act of my Paradise Lost project and acknowledgement of my own resurrection. The 'two handed engine of truth and justice' will prevail in resurrecting the spirit of John Milton!" Lindall likes to work with composers and musicians on his projects. His art is in the collections of both Stephen Schwartz, famous lyricist for Broadway and films and winner of three Academy Awards, and Michael Karp [[21]] whose music is perhaps the most performed on television. Lindall believes that artists and their work are elevated by interaction of disciplines.

[edit]Critical response

[edit]On Paradise Lost series

“I plead guilty to being a fan of Terrance Lindall's illustrations--I guess that's pretty obvious to those who've seen his work on the cover of the Modern Library Milton. Plate 3 [22] in particular rocks my world, as a surfer friend of mine is wont to say.” Professor John Rumrich, Thaman Professor of English at the University of Texasat Austin

On Lindall's September 2008 Paradise Lost Festival at the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center: “The exhibit and programs promise to be a diverse collection of multiple perspectives and strategies that should engage the audience you hope to reach." Wendy Woon, the Edward John Noble Foundation Deputy Director for Education of the Museum of Modern Art, New York

" Lindall's image (on the cover of Random House’s 2008 Essential Milton) is, of course, the star. It seems to me at once unmistakably modern and yet just as unmistakably archaic: exactly the doubleness I was hoping for on our cover." William Kerrigan, former president of the Milton Society of America and recipient of its award for lifetime achievement, 2007

"Radical artist and nonconformist Terrance Lindall has channeled Milton’s spirit into a modern context, in a provocative series of illustrations to Paradise Lost. His visual celebration of Milton reveals his remarkable affinity for the radical English poet, and his ability to create a fitting tribute to Milton’s enduring influence in the arts." Professor Karen Karbiener, New York University, 2007

"Terrance Lindall’s fanciful illustrations are bound to arouse response & provoke thought in the may persons interested in Paradise Lost & its subjects & in surreal illustration generally" --Professor Thomas Clayton, University of Minnesota Department of English

"Clearly avoiding the view that Pop imagery is inherently a sign of trauma, Terry Lindall employs the cartoon elements of style with a charming and often unnerving directness and simplicity, frequently aimed at causing a trauma all his own. This is particularly the case with his illustrations of Milton’s Paradise Lost, with which he reaches a hyper-intensified and nearly hysterical verve." --Mark Daniel Cohen, Critic for Review Magazine and NY Arts Magazine

"...since I was a teenager back in 1982... I’ve considered Terrance Lindall one of the globe’s greatest artists. My particular favorite is his intense adaptation ofParadise Lost, which never fails to instill a pervasive dread in my mind." -- Greg Fasolino 1997


"It is nice to know there is a latter day Bosch around" -- Dr. Leo Steinberg, Art Critic

"The high water mark in the Golden Age of this uniquely American Art form." -- James KalmNY Arts Magazine

"Surreal nightmare...DNA seems to have gone berserk" -- The New York Art World Magazine, Nov. 1999

"Natural insanity" Art Alternatives Magazine, 1996

"...eerie, magical, dreamlike, devastating, jarring...Lindall's illustrative style is magnificent!" -- Julie Simmons, Editor in Chief, Heavy Metal Magazine, 1980

"Lindall's use of color & detail to achieve effect, his dramatic compositions, but most of all his totally unique vision make him a new wave artist to be reckoned with." -- Louise Jones (now Louise Simonson), Senior Editor, Warren Communications 1980

"Lindall's striking and unique visionary fantasy art is breaking new ground in the field" --David Hartwell, Senior Editor POCKET BOOKS, Simon & Schuster 1980

"My reward for the purchase of a Lindall masterwork has been a cover that draws raves. It is a very valuable addition to my collection of fine art." -- Stuart David Schiff, winner of the Hugo Award and twice winner of the World Fantasy Award & editor of the acclaimed WHISPERS anthologies


Lindall created the world’s First GRAND PARADISE LOST COSTUME BALL [23][24], which opened the largest festival in the world honoring John Milton’s 400th birthday. The festival took place between September 27- November 2, 2008 at the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center (WAH Center). The festival exhibited over 70 contemporary artists from around the world, and included writers, poets, composers & performers. The exhibit included Terrance Lindall’s original illustrations forParadise Lost. An article by Charles McGrath in the New York Times[25] the day before the ball and ensuing festival, along with the opening ceremony with the "firing up" of Milton's head and the reading of the "testament of the poet" by Arthur Kirmss [26][27], temporarily scandalized the exhibit among Milton scholars worldwide who thought Kirmss’ ceramic bust of Milton looked like Milton's nemesis King Charles I. The Fordham University Observer said in a major article." it’s a celebration of “Paradise Lost” in a most unabashed form.[28]The Independent, a major award winning paper out of the United Kingdom said,"I suspect Milton might have trusted his vision to a heavy-metal illustrator more readily than to any licensed preacher, then or now.[29]"

New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg sent a proclamation, recognizing the hard work and labor of love in creating this Milton Festival, which Random House's web-site confirmed as the "largest birthday tribute to Milton in the world." Yuko Nii Founder & Artistic director of the WAH Center also personally received a letter from the new Equerry of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, Major Will Mackinlay SCOTS DG. He said that their Royal highnesses were “grateful” for Yuko’s “thinking of them” in inviting them to the ball and passed on their well wishes for the success of the event.

Terrance Lindall, Rich Buckler & Yuko Nii opening the Grand Paradise Lost Costume Ball

The show had many letters of appreciation, including one from Wendy Woon, the Edward John Noble Foundation Deputy Director for Education of the Museum of Modern Art, New York. She said: “The exhibit and programs promise to be a diverse collection of multiple perspectives and strategies that should engage the audience you hope to reach."

However, The New Statesman [30] called it “The Devils Party.’ And the controversy over the show prompted discussion blogs such as that of Professor Horace Jeffery Hodges entitled “The Milton Bash(ing) Continues.” [31]

Festival events included, "Know Your Paradise" A Musical Mystery Play by play writer and composer Peter Dizozza, a dance performance by HUMAN KINETICS MOVEMENT ARTS with Yana Schnitzler and Group, “COURANTE,” Directed by Arthur Kirmss with musicians in 17th century costume, on harp, guitar, lute and recorders, performing European vocal and instrumental music through early Baroque, celebrating Milton's life, and, at the opening ball, jazz with the JC Hopkins 12 piece swing band.

Yana Schnitzler performing at the Grand Paradise Lost Costume Ball

Featured visual artists for the festival included: Kris Kuksi [32], one of the most highly regarded artists in the contemporary surreal/visionary movement, whose work is in the collection of Chris Weitz, Director of the new movie, The Golden Compass, based upon Philip Pullman’s book and grounded in John Milton’s Paradise Lost. Also included wereRich Buckler, an American comic book artist best known for his work on Marvel Comics' The Fantastic Four in the mid-1970’s, who produced a portrait of John Milton for the 21st century; Bienvenido Bones Banez [33], a Filipino surrealist whose work is based on his "666 World View;” and Olek, with her conceptual, cutting edge fashion [34].

The contemporary art and performances during the festival were couched amid historical artifacts related to John Milton and his period. Historical exhibits included Charles Lamb's copy of first illustrated 1691 edition of Paradise Lost, Lady Pomfret’s copy of the first illustrated edition (c. 1688) of Paradise Lost. Madam Pomfret was a noble 18th century British woman of great learning, and the Lady of the Bedchamber of Queen Caroline.

Other historical artifacts included a 17th century handwritten Moroccan Torah fragment, the complete Book of Genesis (the 1st book out of the 5 books of Moses).

To honor the British peoples, Royal artifacts from the reigns of Queen Victoria and King Edward VIII (Duke of Windsor) were also displayed.

[edit]The Paradise Lost gold illuminated scroll

Terrance Lindall in his year-long celebration of John Milton's 400th birthday, which started on December 8, 2008, completed as of December 8, 2009, a scroll that reads from right to left like a Torah [35]. The scroll is now in the Milton collection at the Yuko Nii Foundation. It is 14 inches high and over four feet long with 24 K (23.75) gold illuminated miniature paintings. It has been well received by Milton scholars and collectors world-wide. Copies are now in some of the world's foremost collections including:

1) Huntington Library in California, gift purchased by Distinguished Professor Joseph Wittreich, noted Milton scholar and collector. The Huntington’s highlights include one of the world’s most extensive collections of William Blake material, most notably Blake's original illustrations for Milton’s Paradise Lost.

2) The University of Pennsylvania Rare Book Collection, gift purchased by Distinguished Professor Joseph Wittreich, noted Milton scholar and collector. The U of Penn holds over 560 exemplars of books printed in Europe from movable type before 1501. Sixty-six of these titles are the only recorded copies in North America.

3) The University of Kentucky, Gift Purchased by Distinguished Professor Joseph Wittreich, noted Milton scholar and collector. The U of Kentucky collections include many famous artists.

4) The Alexander Turnbull Library in the National Library of New Zealand.

5) The collection of Robert J. Wickenheiser, one of the world's foremost collectors{[36] of Milton books and original illustrations for Milton's works.

6) Professor John Geraghty

7) The Thomas Cooper rare book library at the University of South Carolina

What the scholars are saying:

"Thanks...I think you are rather overemphasizing the 24k gold leaf, because the real "gold" lies in the perceptions incorporated in the artist's concepts. This is the best since Blake and Doré." Nancy Charlton, Milton Lists{[37]

"Thanks, Nancy, for your detailed and helpful interpretation of this impressive work." Dr. Salwa Khoddam, Oklahoma City University {[38]

"Terrance: Would that Milton had been as rich in writing about his great epic as you have been about everything you have written about your scroll and the inspiration for it. I don't mean to sell Milton short by any means because, like all great artists, somewhere in his writing can be found his own profound reasons for what he has done and why he did it. In this you stand side by side with the great bard in wanting your paintings to be appreciated and understood." Dr. Robert J. Wickenheiser, 19th President of St. Bonaventure University

Detail of the Paradise Lost gold illuminated scroll

“Thank you Terrance. I…am grateful for all you are doing. It is an amazing project. You are creating a great legacy…” Professor John Geraghty [39][attribution needed]

“…this is stunningly beautiful! There is so much to look at—both traditional and intriguingly mysterious. It really makes me think of Blake's "Marriage of Heaven and Hell", as well as some of the Serbian iconography I've been looking at recently in the monasteries of Fruska Gora. I visited the ancient monastery and chapel of Hopovo, and the brilliant colors of the figures crowding into the inner sanctum recall your powerful sunsets and energetic (yet static) figures.” Professor Karen Karbiener, Department of English, New York University

[edit]The Paradise Lost Elephant Folio

In 2011 and 2012 Lindall will be working on production of The Paradise Lost Elephant Folio, a hand embellished and gold illumnated 23 X 18 printed book with 14 full page illustrations. Production is limited to ten copies. Each copy will have one original conceptual drawing at the front. {[40]


[edit]Published books

Blue Eyed Satori, 1970, Hardcover, Short stories with Yuko Nii

Paradise Lost Illustrated, 1983, Hardcover

[edit]Art has appeared

Heavy Metal Magazine, October 1979, “Xeno Meets Dr. X”

Epic Magazine #3, Fall 1980, Story by Archie Goodwin: “Worker in the City”

Heavy Metal Magazine, December 1980, Story by Ted White, “Mary Quite Contrary”

Creepy #108, Cover, "Visions of Hell"

Creepy # 116, Cover, May 1980 “The End of man”

Simon & SchusterPocket Books, cover for Watchstar by Pamela Sargent, 1980

Swank Magazine, for story "A Quiet Trip to Nevada," November 1980

Zebra Science Fiction, cover for Three-Ring Psychus by John Shirley, 1980

Simon & Schuster, Pocket Books, cover for Web of Angels by John M. Ford, 1980

Eerie #103, Cover, "The Horizon Seekers"

Vampirella #86, Cover, "Demon from the East" April 1980

Twilight Zone Magazine, Cover, Annual Collectors Edition, 1983

Heavy Metal Magazine, October 1984, Story by Edgar Allan Poe, "Silence, a Fable"

[edit]Art exhibit catalogs

Kent State University, catalog for group exhibit (SF & Fantasy Art), 1981

Society of Illustrators Annual, Hardcover, 1982

[edit]Published writings

New York Arts Magazine, Epistemological Movement in Late 20th Century Art,” June 2000

11211 Magazine, “Documenting Williamsburg” March | April 2004

Art & Antiques Magazine, “Surrealism Isn’t Dead, It’s Dreaming,” March 2006

The Tomb #21, February 2007, “My Time with Warren Magazine”

[edit]Fashion appearances

Southwick Clothing catalog, 2000

Bergdorf Goodman Magazine, Spring 2001

Vogue Magazine, September 2002

Vanity Fair Magazine, September 2002

W Magazine, September 2002

Nest Magazine, September 2002

New Yorker Magazine, September 2002

New York Times Magazine, September 2002

Museum of Modern Art, New York City, “Fashioning Fiction,” 2004

[edit]Articles on Lindall

Art Alternatives Magazine, “Natural Insanity,” 1998

NY Arts Magazine, “Lindall Retrospective,” by James Kalm

Block Magazine, “Williamsburg’s Bad Boy,” by Alex Padalka

[edit]Articles on Lindall's curatorial projects

The Phoenix News, 1981, "Worlds of Wonder at the Brooklyn Museum"

The Evening Sun, Norwich, Oct. 6, 1988, "Greenwood Museum Opens"

The Evening Sun, Norwich, Oct. 9, 1991, "Quilts, Quilts, Quilts"

The Evening Sun, Norwich, Aug. 21, 1992, "Celebrating 500 Years Since Columbus - The Gothic Chapel"

Block magazine, “Surrealism and its Offspring,” by Joel Simpson, 2003

Anna Magazine (Russian), “The Grand Surrealist Ball” October 2003

Block Magazine, “The Grand Surrealist Ball,” October 2003, Alex Padalka

[edit]Movie Appearances

Visiting Tennessee produced and directed by Andy Spade, 2002

[edit]Curatorial projects

19th Century Decorative Arts at the Greenwood Museum, 1988

The Art of the American Quilt with Margit Echols, at the Greenwood Museum, 1991

Selections from the Library, illuminated manuscripts, 15th & 16th C., at the Greenwood Museum, 1991

The 15th Century Gothic Chapel, at the Greenwood Museum, 1992

Charles Gatewood Restrospective, at the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, 1998

Apocalypse 1999, at the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, 1999

Brave Destiny, at the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, 2003

John Milton's 400th Birthday "Paradise Lost Festival" at the Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, 2008

[edit]Movies in production

The Making of Brave Destiny

John Milton's Paradise Lost

[edit]External links